Aliya is an alcove, with or without a shelf, used to store a variety of everyday objects. As seen in the featured example, it is also used for keeping images of deities, making it a shrine in the house.


  • Title: Aliya (Alcove)
  • Location: Firozpur, Firozpur, Punjab
  • Type: Manjush (Storage)
  • Contributor: Rishav Jain, Mansi S Rao, Ben Cartwright and Abhishek Ruikar
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Earth, Stone
  • Stone Craft Technique: Masonry
  • Region: Malwa
  • Earth Craft Technique: Brick masonry

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